Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ALOO PALAK/ Potato-green palya

Spinach (Palak in Hindi and soppu in Kannada and also khire in tamil) and potatoes are one of everyone’s all-time favorite vegetables because of the fresh taste and variety of sides for roti and chapatti is been prepared in many parts of India. I tried new type of dish for chapatti which could also be taken as sides for rice and naan. Here I disclose it !!!

Palak/ any greens- 1 cup
Potato pieces- 1 cup
Green chilies- 2-3 sliced into half
Cumin- 1 tb sp.
Lemon- 1 slice
Pepper powder- ½ tb spoon
Salt to taste
Coriander/ Cilantro leaves
Mustard seeds, oil and turmeric- to saute
(Optional: tamarind and jaggery as taste enhancers)

  1. In a pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander leaves (Cleaned and washed in water).
  2. Add green chilies and potatoes. Saute in oil until potatoes are cooked. Make sure to add little water when required.
  3. Once potatoes are cooked, add palak leaves (finely chopped) and stir for 2-3 minutes. Water can be added for maintaining required consistency.
  4. Add lemon, pepper and salt. Boil this for 5 minutes.
  5. Here, palak is not over cooked, as you can see lemon, pepper and salt are added soon after allowing palak on heat for 2 minutes. This makes clear that palak taste is retained. Green chilies will give hot taste while lemon will be tangy.
  6. Serve with chapathi.  



Bannada soutekayi majjigehuLi, a famous dish served for rice is made up of small quantity of curd and more of coconut-green chilli combo. I have not tasted this elsewhere apart from Malnad (Shimoga) and Udupi - Mangalore districts. Enjoy this with hot rice and mango pickle.

To paste-
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Green chilies- 2-3 long (as per required spice)
Ginger- 2-3 small pieces

To Sauté-
Red chilli- 2-3 piecies
Turmeric – ¼ tb spoon
Mustard seeds and channa dal and oil

Other ingredients
Curry leaves
Yellow cucumber- 1, cut into pieces
Curd - 1 cup
Salt to taste


Make a thick paste with all the ingredients mentioned under “to paste”. Keep aside.
Cook cut pieces of cucumber in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.
In a pan, add oil allow it to be heated up. Then add mustard seeds, turmeric powder, red chili, curry leaves and channa dal. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
Add coconut-chili paste and boil it for 2 min followed by curd.
Add cooked cucumber and bring it to boil or heat it for 10-15 minutes.
Add water and salt as per requirement.
This can be served hot with rice. If the consistency is very thin, could also be make soup by adding lemon to it.

GUYS :-)